by Virginia and the Carolinas, who demanded the surrender of the murderers of the English.
He found the Cherokees ready for war, and was glad to make the insubordination of his soldiers and the prevalence of smallpox among them an excuse for leaving the country.
He accepted twenty-two Indian hostages as security for peace and the future delivery of the murderers, and retired in haste and confusion (June, 1760). These hostages, which included several chiefs and warriors, were placed in Fort St. George, at the head of the Savannah River.
The Cherokees attempted their rescue as soon as Littleton and his army had gone.
A soldier was wounded, when his companions, in fiery anger, put all the hostages to death.
The Cherokee nation was aroused by the outrage.
They beleaguered the fort, and war-parties scourged the frontiers.
The Assembly of South Carolina voted 1,000 men and offered £ 25 for every Indian scalp.
North Carolina voted a similar provision, and authorized the holding of